Steering Committee

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As the leadership body of the Peace Council, the Steering Committee is primarily responsible for matters concerning the organization’s structural and financial sustainability, as well as its overall political direction. We meet monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding SPC’s activities in these areas, working to ensure that SPC staff and volunteers can effectively carry out our Statement of Purpose. The Steering Committee currently has 11 members and is looking to welcome more!  Click here to learn more about the Steering Committee Member Agreements and Qualities. If interested in joining, please e-mail Aly Wane at


For general inquiries, the Steering Committee can be contacted at



Meet our 2019 Steering Committee members

(Not all bios posted yet - more coming soon!)

Aly Wane started organizing around 2001 through working with the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago on economic justice initiatives.  He began doing anti-war work around 9/11 and connected with SPC through the Peace Newsletter, leading him to serve on SPC’s PNL Editorial Committee for many years.  Outside of SPC, Aly has been a strong advocate for racial justice and fairer immigration policies through his involvement with the Black Immigration Network, Black Lives Matter Syracuse, and the Worker’s Center.  When he’s not wowing folks as an excellent public speaker, Aly enjoys playing guitar and pet-sitting.


Amelia Lefevre got involved in social justice work as a high school student, educating her peers about environmental justice and LGBT issues. She also wrote for the school paper and local paper in the Philadelphia area. She later became involved with the Peace Council in 2009 and joined the Peace Newsletter editorial committee. She has been an intern, staffer and Steering Committee member ever since.


Carol Baum


Caroline Kim Tihanyi started her social justice work in 2006 accompanying undocumented workers to court dates who had been racially profiled and imprisoned without any regard for their constitutional or human rights. These days, she works with refugees. She joined the Steering Committee in 2016.


Diane Swords


Lleni Pach


Marianna Kaufman got her start in social justice organizing through the anti-fracking movement and Citizens Climate Lobby.  Marianna got involved with the Peace Council through the CNY Solidarity Coalition in 2017, and is also a member of the Beyond War and Militarism Committee.  Among many other organizations, she is part of the Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network (previously known as the Rapid Response Team).  Marianna is a physician, mom, yogi, and nature lover.


Michaela Czierkies


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